2.5 stars. I've wanted to read this book for years as the heroine mistress theme is one of my favs, but I didn't necessarily want to buy it so when I2.5 stars. I've wanted to read this book for years as the heroine mistress theme is one of my favs, but I didn't necessarily want to buy it so when I saw this as a library ebook, I borrowed it right away. I'm glad I finally got a chance to read it. I thought it was an okay read. I enjoyed the story-line of a down on her luck courtesan and a second son war veteran, but thought It was very predictable....more
A very unique and refreshingly different book! It wasn't necessarily a dark story but if you liked The Silver Devil, you might appreciate this book.
A very unique and refreshingly different book! It wasn't necessarily a dark story but if you liked The Silver Devil, you might appreciate this book. The hero had the same type of unusual personality and manner. He was a tortured soul and was very feminine but he was clever with it. For half the book he crossed dressed as "Lady Rose", but it only made the story more entertaining. The heroine was a strong and unequaled woman. She was a tomboy in a way. She swore and said provoking things to anyone who would listen and didn't care one wit about what others thought of her. She was perfect for the hero. The relationship between them was a tangible one. It went past the surface and penetrated the heart.
The secondary character in this book only helped to move the story along and didn't bog it down like so many other books. The heroine's sister was her rivalry for the hero's affection for a good part of the story and it was a complex state of affairs. I applaud the author for not backing down from it. She was relentless in making them work it out and didn't sugar coat anything and I loved how they ended as sisters still. I highly recommend this book. The only reason why I was uncertain about 5 stars was because the "Lady Marmott" situation seemed too improbable, but This book is far better than the mundane offerings out in romance land today. I cannot wait to see what Anna Cowen will offer next. I hope it's as unique as this one. ...more
This book started out interesting but sort of died down after a while and became long winded. I think the hype this book is getting is a bit much. ItThis book started out interesting but sort of died down after a while and became long winded. I think the hype this book is getting is a bit much. It was just okay. Nothing out of the ordinary unless you count the virgin hero and the courtesan, which seems to be on every author's list of characters to write about these days. The heroine came off as too weak for my liking, and the duel didn't help. It just seemed TSTL. All in all though it wasn't a bad read, just not something I would rave about. ...more
2.5 stars. I didn’t feel the chemistry between the leads in this book. The hero seemed so passionless with his feelings towards the heroine. He never2.5 stars. I didn’t feel the chemistry between the leads in this book. The hero seemed so passionless with his feelings towards the heroine. He never once fought for them to get back together, and never went out of his way for her. He also had the nerves to act as if it was no big deal that he was tonguing another woman! The heroine was really stupid to start buying into that excuse. The heroine really did a number on the other man she was seeing. I was surprised that the author allowed her to be such a witch where the OM was concerned. She totally led him on. I’m not complaining about that because it was refreshing to see a heroine that actually acted human with flaws and all. That was one of the few things I liked about this book, but I couldn’t really fall in love with a story that had such a passionless hero. He was definitely on the beta side and not the type of hero I usually swoon over. ...more
An hp made me cry! This was a very emotional read which I enjoyed reading. I felt so hurt on the heroine's behalf. The h******POSSIBLE SPOILERS******
An hp made me cry! This was a very emotional read which I enjoyed reading. I felt so hurt on the heroine's behalf. The hero treated her abominably and her love for him was so one sided. talk about unrequited love! Talk about me wanting to kill the OW that the hero was so foolishly in love with! This was a far cry from a fairy tale romance, but it was so engrossing. You will want to do physical damage to this beta male hero for being led on a string like a puppy dog by the OW. He wasn't getting it through his thick skull how lucky he was to have gotten away from the evil witch by marrying a woman that loved him unconditionally.
He certainly didn't do enough groveling in my opinion. I wanted him to suffer much more for all the crap he put the heroine through. Did anyone else notice that he did not say he loved the heroine in the end?? Maybe it's because he really doesn't love her. Why did it have to take the OW embarrassing him for him to finally see that she was no good? I wanted him to get over the OW from seeing how wonderful the heroine was in contrast to that b@#$%^&! I wanted him to put himself out out more for Erica. He should have chased her, go looking for her, and do anything in his power to get her back after she left instead of running around town with the evil witch. Hey, maybe if he did do that I wouldn't have enjoyed this book so much, lol, so all I can say is that this was a darn good book that will keep you glued to the pages.
I'm struggling with giving this book 4 stars or 3.5 stars. I think I will stick to 3.5 stars because after the heroine left the hero we had no idea what was going on with him and Dreda for a very long time. I wish I could have seen his POV in this instance. I think the reader needed that to find closure in the situation between him and Dreda. The ending seemed very unsatisfying to me with the telling and not showing of what happened. ...more
Wohoo! I did it, I finished! I actually read an 870 page book, OMG. I am not a lover of long books because I get bored very easily if the book is notWohoo! I did it, I finished! I actually read an 870 page book, OMG. I am not a lover of long books because I get bored very easily if the book is not one of my favorite tropes and since I am not a fan of time travel I was more than a little wary, so this was an accomplishment for me.
Overall, I get why so many readers love this book. It was well written and very engaging in parts, and Jamie can be compelling to those that like beta heroes. He was actually a mix between beta and alpha but definitely leaned more to beta IMO. I was not gaga over him since I like alpha heroes more, but I still thought the book was interesting in it's own way. It just didn't blow me away like it did with other readers because I wanted Jamie to be more of an alpha. I also thought the book was too long and had lots of unnecessary scenes that could have cut the book down from such a long read. I was surprise on the bodice ripper-ish quality this book had and was not expecting it. It was a bit of a twist though because instead of all the OTT things happening to the heroine, it happened to the hero. I had heard from some other readers that there wasn't any love scenes in this book, but after reading it myself, I think that this book absolutely had love scenes. It might not have been in your face erotically detailed, but I think the heat was much more than mild. Not a bad read on a whole, but not one of my favorite either. I am glad that I read it though. ...more
I cannot deny that this book was well written. LK knows how to tell a story and write interesting characters. I wasn't blown away by this book howeverI cannot deny that this book was well written. LK knows how to tell a story and write interesting characters. I wasn't blown away by this book however. It had it's moments of greatness that made me smile and tear up, but it failed to keep me clued to the pages. I found myself being anxious for it to come to it's conclusion towards the ending when the sword storyline took precedence over the romance. I was also hoping for Samuel to reassure the reader that he wasn't in love with Lady Caroline anymore, but it never happened the way I wanted it to. I know he declared his love for the heroine but he was so obsessed with Lady Caroline when he was forced to marry the heroine that I found it hard to believe that he would just stop wanting to be with her. I didn't give up reading it though, so it was interesting enough to read, but just wasn't as spectacular as I was expecting it to be. I definitely understand the appeal of this book to others though. ...more
I was so excited to read this book since I always wanted to read about a scullery maid and the master falling in love , but this was hardly a book! ItI was so excited to read this book since I always wanted to read about a scullery maid and the master falling in love , but this was hardly a book! It should should have been free! It was an extremely short story and had hardly any dialogue between the hero and heroine. Almost everything was told by the author and you didn't really get to see the story take place. It was rushed and the characters had no dept what so ever! I've said this before in other reviews and I'll say it again! Why do authors write such short stories when they can't even develop the leads properly! I feel cheated!...more
I'm a sucker for the heroine becoming a mistress before the wife theme, but this book still failed to engage me.The hero was a little too beta for myI'm a sucker for the heroine becoming a mistress before the wife theme, but this book still failed to engage me.The hero was a little too beta for my taste, and he was obsessively besotted with the heroine too quickly, which is always a book closer for me. I need the thrill of the chase to hold my interest....more
The hero in this book was too dull and beta for my taste. Not to mention, I just started taking college classes and can't afford to waste my time on bThe hero in this book was too dull and beta for my taste. Not to mention, I just started taking college classes and can't afford to waste my time on books that are boring! Glad this one was free....more